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Wink Jackson and Laurel Sorlie


SCORE of Central Oregon


What is SCORE?

SCORE, America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses, is a nonprofit resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). We have over 300 SCORE offices across the country offering free business mentoring and low- or no-cost workshops.

For over 50 years, SCORE’s thousands of working and retired business professionals have volunteered to support the success of small business nationwide. SCORE business mentoring is free and confidential.

Visit https://centraloregon.score.org/ to learn more before Wink and Laurel join us in person.

“Wink” Jackson: Working part time, Volunteering

I have been involved in business since the tender age of 5 years old working in my parents retail western store selling, sitting in on buying meetings, going to market shows and stocking shelves.  Our family businesses included 4 stores and 3 manufacturing businesses.  Upon graduation from Oregon State University with a focus in marketing, I began my first career with May Company in corporate retail.  One of the best learning experiences that set the stage for a little risk taking later on.  In a leap of faith, I moved to Japan and became involved in the cycling industry as a professional mountain bike rider.  This led me a position with Cannondale Bicycles in their new office in Japan where I coordinated/created their worldwide race teams, did sales and marketing and some product design.

Upon returning to the US, my husband and I started Zeal Optics in Moab, Utah, in a partnership with a Japan based eyewear manufacturer.  A risky high paced road in the highly competitive eyewear space.  Our brand was authentic as our designs, to meet the needs of athletes.  A niche not served completely by the bigger dominant players in the space.  After 16 years of growing the business and weathering all the storms of the world economy and strong competitors, we were able to pass along our business to capable hands to take it to the next level of growth and success.

Eleanor “Wink” Jackson

SCORE Central Oregon mentor
Volunteer on-boarding team

Laurel Sorlie: Currently Retired

I worked a number of years in a regional planning agency planning programs/services for older adults.  This work included securing and administering grant money.  After that, I worked in a community college developing educational services for small profit and nonprofit businesses.

Over the years, I have served on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory committees, developing skills in short/long range planning, fund raising, and grant writing.

Education: BSBA University of North Dakota, MS. University of North Dakota, MBA University of Minnesota

Every meeting price includes the cost of buffet style dinner! There are typically vegetarian and gluten free options available. There is also a full bar set up provided by Crafted Life. Any beverages from Crafted Life are not included in the price of the dinner meeting.

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